An epic battle is expected in the 55km men’s race of the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge when RECM’s Erik Kleinhans and Nico Bell will batlle it out with Waylon Woolcock, Johann Rabie and Adriaan Louw for the coveted title.
An exciting edition to this year’s race is the braai king – Jan Braai – who has become a competitive mountain biker and radio presenter Liezel “Giraffe” van der Westhuizen who has shown she’s no mug on a mountain bike.
“Sunday’s race will attract some great competition. Last year my teammate won the race so we are hoping to keep it in the RED-E Blend camp.” says Woolcok.
Nico Bell said the race will be a nice rev up for the legs and lungs leading up to the Absa Cape Epic, which starts in two weeks.
“It will be nice to get some time in with teammate Erik Kleinhans and test our skills on the single tracks as well as fitness on short punchy climbs.”
Rabie also hopes for a podium finish and believes Sunday’s race will be highly competitive as riders will be in fine form. “It will definitely be fast. It’s a nice route and I’m looking forward to the event.”
In the ladies’ race for podium spots this year, RECM’s Cherise Stander and 2014 MTB Challenge winner, Ariane Kleinhans will tackle the 55km route to claim top honours.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge will take place at the Le Bonheur Wine Estate in the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy in Stellenbosch and features a 38km and 55km route on Sunday, March 1.